Blog - Jesus

Selling Love-Based Living in a Fear-Based World

Posted by Roberta Grimes • February 15, 2020 • 26 Comments

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?                                          – W.B. Yeats (1845-1939) from “The Second Coming” Many people have an increasing sense that Western civilization is falling apart. Some of us... Read More

Life Without Sin – Part Three

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 25, 2020 • 56 Comments

We have by now well established the fact that the religion that bears the name of Jesus does not follow the teachings of Jesus. Everything Christians are taught to believe was introduced in the process of religion-building that began two centuries after the Lord’s death. And all those dogmas are fear-based! The overall Christian message... Read More

Life Without Sin – Part Two

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 18, 2020 • 40 Comments

Rules are meant to give us a structure within which a great many people can live together in reasonable peace and safety. We understand that fact in the civic sense, and we know that until humankind has managed to do a lot more spiritual development there will be a need for civic authorities and their... Read More

Life Without Sin – Part One

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 11, 2020 • 44 Comments

When Jesus replaced all religious laws with God’s Law of Love, He abolished the notion of rules-based sin and created a whole new world in which right and wrong are based entirely on whether an act is loving or unloving. It is hard for us to get our minds around the magnitude of this change!... Read More

Empowering the Greatest Commandment

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 04, 2020 • 47 Comments

Christianity is not based in the teachings of Jesus, and in fact much of modern Christianity is antithetical to the teachings of Jesus. It will therefore be impossible for us to tinker around the edge of Christianity, soften it here and firm it up there, perhaps remove some later accretions, and thereby transform it into... Read More

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Posted by Roberta Grimes • December 21, 2019 • 49 Comments

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Six or seven years ago I started to loathe Christmas. When I was a child it was a... Read More

Losing the Franchise

Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 16, 2019 • 70 Comments

“In June of 1995 the Chicago Tribune reported that Pope John Paul II had urged the Roman Catholic Church to seize the ‘particularly propitious’ occasion of the new millennium to recognize ‘the dark side of its history.’ … he asked, ‘How can one remain silent about the many forms of violence perpetrated in the name... Read More

Creating a Monstrous God

Posted by Roberta Grimes • November 09, 2019 • 65 Comments

Christianity is deeply rooted in fear-based ideas that have nothing to do with Jesus. Indeed, nearly every Christian notion is an active repudiation of the Lord’s Gospel teachings! We have talked about awful elements of Christianity that came out of the first-millennium councils, while so far ignoring the rotten fruit of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation.... Read More

Planning For Spiritual Growth

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 19, 2019 • 87 Comments

This universe exists to give us a place where we can begin to grow spiritually. It may serve other purposes too, but I haven’t seen good ideas about that; and it is clear now that this material universe is key to the process of helping us all to embark upon an eternity of ever more... Read More

Am I Growing Spiritually?

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 12, 2019 • 41 Comments

As we continue to talk about spiritual growth, I have been hearing from more and more people who ask how they will be able to tell when they are growing spiritually. I used to wonder about that, too! But having worked at my own spiritual growth and been amazed both by how easy it is... Read More